FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — I spent a lot of time after the New Orleans Saints’ 31-17 Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts just cruising around the New Orleans locker room, trying to capture some raw celebration.
Some of the notable things I saw and heard:
+ The guys had a quasi-inside joke that I was loving. They’d be walking around, laughing and screaming, “IT’S THE CATALINA WINE MIXER!” This is why. (NSFW language.) Anyone who has played competitve sports knows that random inside jokes and punch lines bring players together — this was one of those for the Saints.
+ Not gonna lie. I expected some champagne and music. It was more subdued than I anticipated it would be, this being my first Super Bowl and all.
+ The guys kept teasing Drew Brees, who wouldn’t surrender the Lombardi trophy, mainly because he was locked in a corner with the media until an hour after the final whistle. “Drew, let go of the damn trophy,” said Paul Spicer. “I licked that thing, Drew, just so you know,” yelled another player.
+ I promise I’d reveal it if I knew who it was, but one of the players screamed, “&#$@ you, Tony Dungy!” Dungy, the former Colts head coach, picked Indy to win big.
Here’s some raw footage of the guys letting loose after the game:
That’s it for me from South Florida. Boarding a flight early Monday morning and headed back to Toronto. But just because the season’s over doesn’t mean the Goal-Line Stand won’t keep pumping out content. Check back daily for commentary on the world of the NFL.
You can catch me personally in a few different places, too. This week, for example, I’ll be on Toronto’s Fan 590 Monday at 9:20 p.m., Sun TV’s “The Grill Room” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Rogers TV’s “First Local” Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and Rogers TV’s “High School Sportzone” Friday at 10:30 p.m. Football will be the primary topic of conversation in all or most of those cases.